GP reprimanded for prescribing steroids

UPDATED 12.10pm - 12 August

A MELBOURNE GP has been reprimanded after prescribing anabolic steroids to a patient who wanted to "increase his vigours".

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal said Dr Pao Saykao engaged in professional misconduct through his treatment of the patient throughout 2006 and 2007.

In its decision, the tribunal said the patient first presented in May 2006 asking for a growth hormone "to increase vigour". Four days later, with pathology results from the patient's previous doctor, Dr Saykao prescribed him with growth hormone Genotropin – normally used to treat severe growth hormone deficiency – in an injectable syringe form.
The tribunal said Dr Saykao prescribed the treatment twice again that year without conducting any blood or other medical tests to determine if there was genuine therapeutic need.
Over 10 visits in 2007, the tribunal said, Dr Saykao